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Texting while driving isn't illegal in Texas
Remember when a driver in Texas admitted that his texting caused an accident that killed 13 people? That wasn't illegal.
Nope, in the state of Texas, there is currently nothing wrong with driving while not looking at the road. While 46 states have laws prohibiting the practice, Texas does not. Legislators in the Lone Star State passed a bill in 2011 that would have outlawed texting behind the wheel, but Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed it.
Since then, we know of at least 13 people who have been killed by perfectly legal texing drivers. After the March crash that killed 13 members of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Gov. Abbott and his wife Cecilia released a statement that said, in part,
“We are saddened by the loss of life and our hearts go out to all those affected. We thank the first responders working on the scene in the wake of this unimaginable tragedy, and ask that all Texans join us in offering their thoughts and prayers.”
One thing that works even better than thoughts and prayers for preventing texting-while-driving deaths is a texting-while-driving ban. Now, Texas is giving it another shot, and another bill is headed to Gov. Abbott's desk. If he doesn't veto it, it will automatically become law.
If you live in Texas and have an opinion on this bill, Gov. Abbott's contact information can be found here.